King William Players

King William Players (KWP) is the student-run theater troupe of St. John’s College in Annapolis.

Current Performance Schedule

All performances begin at 8 p.m. in the Great Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

Our Town by Thornton Wilder

December 10 & 11, 2021

Our Town is known as "the American play." It is a show about the mundane stuff of life; mundane in the sense that it is "of the earth." The stuff that is so ubiquitous and so often discussed that it is far easier to regard it as cliché than to give it authentic meaning. The play follows the Gibbs family and the Webb family—ordinary people living in the town of Grover’s Corners, NH and their children’s lives from cradle to grave.

Perhaps this description makes you question why the play has been given such a lofty subtitle as “the American play.” What could possibly be all-encompassingly American about a play so uneventful as to not even warrant a substantive plot summary? The defense Wilder offers via the Stage Manager character is this:

“Babylon once had two million people in it, and all we know about ’em is the names of the kings and some copies of wheat contracts and contracts for the sale of slaves. Yet every night all those families sat down to supper, and the father came home from his work, and the smoke went up the chimney, same as here ... [So I want] people a thousand years from now to know a few simple facts about us—more than the Treaty of Versailles and the Lindbergh flight. See what I mean? So—people a thousand years from now—this is the way we were in the provinces north of New York at the beginning of the twentieth century. This is the way we were: in our growing up and in our marrying and in our living and in our dying.”

In other words, the commonplace work of mortality can be remarkable—even essential—when given the right kind of attention.

We hope to see you all at the show!

Recent Past Productions

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee, Spring 2021

Plato’s Symposium, Winter 2020

Antigone, Fall 2020

The Shape of Things by Neil LaBute, Winter 2019

Phèdre by Jean Racine, Fall 2019

Night, Mother by Marsha Norman, Winter 2019

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, Fall 2018

The President Ferenc Molnar, Spring 2018

John by Annie Baker, Winter 2017

No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre, Fall 2017

Spring Awakening by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater, Spring 2017

Lysistrata by Aristophanes, Winter 2016

As You Like It by William Shakespeare, Fall 2016

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis, Spring 2016